I have taken an interest in hand applique, especially since we are going to be spending a lot of time this summer traveling–good handwork, little space needed. I love using my hand dyed vintage linens as the background for many of my projects and this project will be no exception. I dyed four napkins that were a pale pink with a dye mixture to make a tan background. Inspired by Cynthia Collier’s work I chose a Robyn Pandolph pattern to adapt as needed for a traditional four square layout. The first square will be the willow vase. To compliment the formality of the rayon napkin I have been getting silk ties from the resale shop for the leaves. A batik serves as the stem and embroidered velveteen will be the vase. More as the project progresses.
The initial block was made with a border type fabric and then fussy cut and enhanced with woven ribbon strips of color. A brave step to meet the parameters of a challenge was to cut this carefully planned and sewn block to make something new and different. That was hard to think about but , oh well, take the cutter and ruler and divide into four squares. Second cut the four squares in half diagonally. Eight giant half square triangles, now what? A star design perhaps, add some Kaffe Fasset dots and stark white. Voila, a star within a star within a star!
Or is it geese flying to the center? Whatever you see, it was fun to contemplate and to make!
Errant Ones is the name given this playmat for baby, my original design and unfinished in this photo. The finished quilt was given first place in the crib quilt category at the Hannibal Piecemakers Quilt Show going on April 1 and 2 at the Admiral Coontz Armory. The pattern is called Baby’s Playmat and is available at the Hickory Stick Quilt Shop in Hannibal. The show features over 350 quilts and many vendors making it a great opportunity for a weekend road trip to the birthplace of Mark Twain.